Setting the Stage: Designing for Quality Online Learning Experiences

Abstract

Providing a course overview, offering accessible and relevant content, encouraging meaningful interaction, and challenging students to think critically are all elements that contribute to a quality online learning experience. However, designing for quality may feel like a moving target and thus an elusive goal to achieve. To address this, the Instructional Design team at UCF has created a Quality and High Quality online course review process based on our own practices as well as nationally recognized standards. Session presenters will showcase select items included in the Quality and High Quality course review process and describe beneficial outcomes from a faculty member’s perspective. A key resource will be the Quality and High Quality items which participants can use to meet their unique needs.

Presenters

Annabelle Conroy, Ph.D.

Annabelle Conroy, Ph.D.Visiting Lecturer
Political Science
College of Sciences
University of Central Florida

Annabelle Conroy is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. She teaches courses in the area of Comparative Politics, Latino Politics, and Comparative Public Policy as well as courses in the Global UCF program for international students. Annabelle participated in a quality review for her Politics of Developing Areas course.

Aimee deNoyelles, Ed.D.

Aimee deNoyelles, Ed.D.Associate Instructional Designer
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida

Aimee deNoyelles has been an instructional designer in the Center for Distributed Learning for seven years, and a co-team lead since 2017. She oversees CDL’s Quality Initiative, ensuring that university efforts are aligned with the quality tactics outlined in the State University System of Florida’s 2025 Strategic Plan for Online Education.



Presentation Materials

Presentation File

Session Resources

UCF Digital Learning and Webcourses@UCF Resources

  • Copyright - Information about copyright and fair use for your course
  • The Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching - The Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching recognizes one outstanding UCF faculty member who has recently taught a "High Quality" online (W) course. The next submission period will take place during fall 2018.
  • Materia – These customizable widgets enable learners to self-assess their learning.
  • Objective Builder - Objective Builder is a tool for faculty to create measurable learning objectives from three different learning domains.
  • ProctorHub - This tool is designed to assist with identity authentication and help curb cheating in online exams.
  • Quick SearchLite - This tool allows you to search the UCF Libraries database for full text articles and automatically embed the static link into your course content. Students have full access to the embedded articles without navigating away from Webcourses@UCF.
  • Rubrics in Canvas – A step-by-step guide on how to add a rubric to an assignment in Canvas (Webcourses@UCF).
  • Templater Tool - The Templater tool makes it easy to add common template content to any Webcourses@UCF course page
  • UCF’s Quality Initiative - Information about the Quality and High Quality review processes and how to begin
  • UDOIT - The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) enables faculty to identify and fix accessibility issues in Webcourses@UCF.
  • Validate Links in Content - Verify all external links throughout your course to ensure they are valid and in working order

Plans and Rubrics

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